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gen·u·flect

 (jĕn′yə-flĕkt′)
intr.v. gen·u·flect·ed, gen·u·flect·ing, gen·u·flects
1. To bend the knee or touch one knee to the floor or ground, as in worship.
2. To be servilely respectful or deferential; grovel.

[Late Latin genūflectere : Latin genū, knee; see genu- in Indo-European roots + Latin flectere, to bend.]

gen′u·flec′tion (-flĕk′shən) n.

genuflect

(ˈdʒɛnjʊˌflɛkt)
vb (intr)
1. to act in a servile or deferential manner
2. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church to bend one or both knees as a sign of reverence, esp when passing before the Blessed Sacrament
[C17: from Medieval Latin genūflectere, from Latin genu knee + flectere to bend]
ˌgenuˈflection, ˌgenuˈflexion n
ˈgenuˌflector n

gen•u•flect

(ˈdʒɛn yʊˌflɛkt)
v.i.
1. to bend the knee or touch one knee to the floor in reverence or worship.
2. to express a servile attitude; fawn.
[1620–30; < Medieval Latin genūflectere= Latin genū, abl. of genu knee + flectere to bend]
gen`u•flec′tion, n.

genuflect


Past participle: genuflected
Gerund: genuflecting

Imperative
genuflect
genuflect
Present
I genuflect
you genuflect
he/she/it genuflects
we genuflect
you genuflect
they genuflect
Preterite
I genuflected
you genuflected
he/she/it genuflected
we genuflected
you genuflected
they genuflected
Present Continuous
I am genuflecting
you are genuflecting
he/she/it is genuflecting
we are genuflecting
you are genuflecting
they are genuflecting
Present Perfect
I have genuflected
you have genuflected
he/she/it has genuflected
we have genuflected
you have genuflected
they have genuflected
Past Continuous
I was genuflecting
you were genuflecting
he/she/it was genuflecting
we were genuflecting
you were genuflecting
they were genuflecting
Past Perfect
I had genuflected
you had genuflected
he/she/it had genuflected
we had genuflected
you had genuflected
they had genuflected
Future
I will genuflect
you will genuflect
he/she/it will genuflect
we will genuflect
you will genuflect
they will genuflect
Future Perfect
I will have genuflected
you will have genuflected
he/she/it will have genuflected
we will have genuflected
you will have genuflected
they will have genuflected
Future Continuous
I will be genuflecting
you will be genuflecting
he/she/it will be genuflecting
we will be genuflecting
you will be genuflecting
they will be genuflecting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been genuflecting
you have been genuflecting
he/she/it has been genuflecting
we have been genuflecting
you have been genuflecting
they have been genuflecting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been genuflecting
you will have been genuflecting
he/she/it will have been genuflecting
we will have been genuflecting
you will have been genuflecting
they will have been genuflecting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been genuflecting
you had been genuflecting
he/she/it had been genuflecting
we had been genuflecting
you had been genuflecting
they had been genuflecting
Conditional
I would genuflect
you would genuflect
he/she/it would genuflect
we would genuflect
you would genuflect
they would genuflect
Past Conditional
I would have genuflected
you would have genuflected
he/she/it would have genuflected
we would have genuflected
you would have genuflected
they would have genuflected
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.genuflect - bend the knees and bow in church or before a religious superior or image
bow - bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting; "He bowed before the King"
2.genuflect - bend the knees and bow in a servile manner
bow - bend the head or the upper part of the body in a gesture of respect or greeting; "He bowed before the King"
Translations
kyyristelläpolvistua
gang fyrir knégera knéfallknékrjúpa

genuflect

[ˈdʒenjʊflekt] VI (frm) → hacer una genuflexión

genuflect

[ˈdʒɛnjʊflɛkt] vi
[believer] → s'agenouiller
(fig)s'incliner
to genuflect to sb/sth → s'incliner devant qn/qch

genuflect

vi (Rel) → eine Kniebeuge machen

genuflect

[ˈdʒɛnjʊˌflɛkt] vigenuflettersi
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